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ReelAbilities Houston presents ReelPeople: UP Abilities
An Extraordinary Evening With Extraordinary Speakers

UP Abilities

The UP Experience/UP² designs custom events providing world-class speakers so that corporations and audiences can experience new ideas that are making a difference in our world.

Free AdmissionKICK-OFF EVENT

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Space is limited. Registration required.
Rice University Shepherd School of Music | 6:15 pm: Reception | 7:00 pm: Program

2017 Speakers Announced!

Henry Evans
Henry Evans

Henry Evans at age 40 became quadriplegic and mute after a stroke-like attack caused by a hidden birth defect. He is a frequent and enthusiastic collaborator with robotics teams such as Robots for Humanity who are developing tools to help the severely disabled navigate their lives and the world. Years of therapy helped him learn to move his head and to use his finger allowing him to use a head-tracking device to communicate with a computer using experimental interfaces. He currently collaborates with Georgia Tech on using the Willow Garage PR2 robot as a surrogate, as well as RLAB at Brown on quadrotors for expanding range of motion.

Jane McGonigal
Jane McGonigal

Jane McGonigal is a world-renowned game designer, and an expert on the engagement economy and the application of game-design to the real world. She serves as the Director of Game Research & Development with the Institute for The Future in Palo Alto, California. Jane's book, SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient debuted at #7 on the New York Times Advice bestsellers list, reveals a decade's worth of scientific research into the ways all games change how we respond to stress, challenge, and pain. She shares stories and data from players who have followed the SuperBetter rules to get stronger, happier, and braver in the face of depression, anxiety, illness, and injury.

Elise Roy
Elise Roy

Elise Roy is a deaf lawyer, artist, artisan, and human rights advocate who works in the vanguard of the social design movement, which holds that designers have the capacity and responsibility to address and resolve human problems on micro and macro scales and thereby contribute to social well-being. Deaf from the age of ten, Elise has been a design thinker from early on, constantly adapting her environment and its tools to serve her extraordinary abilities. At Brown University, Elise was recognized as one of the nation's elite soccer goalkeepers and she began to see herself as an advocate for people with non-normative abilities. When Elise was in law school, she began working on the International Disability Rights Treaty at the United Nations, the first such human rights treaty to be passed in the 21st century, and she traveled the world to see it put into action.

2017 Sponsors

Cornerstone Home Lending
Iberia Bank
Reception Underwriter
Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
nonPareil Institute
Collaborating Partner

ReelAbilities Houston Film & Arts Festival is presented to the City of Houston by Jewish Family Service and its Alexander Institute for Inclusion.